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“The Road to Urbanisation for Peasants in the Post-Media Era” by Zihan Xiang, Finalist in the 2021 One Drawing Challenge

The One Drawing Challenge lives at Architizer.com, home to the largest online database of architecture projects on the planet, with an audience 5+ million strong. For any architect, exposure is the key to success. The One Drawing Challenge provides architects at any phase of their career — from undergraduate students to those with decades of completed buildings — the opportunity to share their work with the world. Shortlisted drawings, as well as two Top Winners, will be featured on Architizer.com, shared with millions on social media and celebrated by Architizer’s 125,000+ weekly newsletter subscribers.

This competition is about visual storytelling. Create one drawing that powerfully communicates an architectural space — either existing or proposed/conceptual — and captures the experience of those that would inhabit it. It can be located anywhere in the world and be at any scale. It can take the form of a Plan, Section, Elevation, Perspective (1 or 2 point), Parallel Projection (axonometric, isometric etc.), Sketch, Detail or Abstract. As long as it portrays part or all of a building or group of buildings, it is eligible. This should be accompanied by a short description of your proposal, no more than 150 words.

2 top winners (one student and one non-student) will receive the following prizes:

  • $3,000 cash prize
  • Inclusion in the Official Winners’ Announcement on Architizer.com
  • Exclusive interview on Architizer Journal
  • A place on next season’s One Drawing Challenge Jury

8 Storied Drawing Award recipients will feature in a special editorial feature on Architizer.com.

100 Finalists (including the above winners and 10 runners-up) will be published on Architizer Journal and shared with millions via Architizer's social media channels.

The top 100 drawings will be selected by Architizer's in-house jury. These shortlisted entries will then be scored by our expert jury, with 2 drawings crowned overall winners.

  • Opening Call for Entries: Tuesday, September 6th, 2022
  • Early Entry Deadline: Friday, September 23rd, 2022
  • Main Entry Deadline: Friday, October 21st, 2022
  • Final (Late) Entry Deadline: Friday, November 11th, 2022
  • Winners Announced: December 2022
Early Bird Students $35 | Non-Students $50
Regular Students $45 | Non-Students $65
Late Students $55 | Non-Students $75

Multi-Entry Discount: Submit additional drawings for this year’s competition and receive an automatic $10 off the entry fee for each one! This applies to all submissions after the first one for each entrant, and for all submission periods listed above. Entrants can comprise individuals or teams of up to 4 people.

The One Drawing Challenge Jury comprises practitioners and thought leaders from the worlds of architecture, design and technology, each with a special connection to drawing. The jury represents those leaders who are actively bringing architecture to the public today, both online and in the built environment. For entrants and winners, this is an opportunity to get their work in front of the people shaping how the world engages with architecture now and in the future.

1 image, minimum 1500 pixels wide, with a 150-word accompanying description. The single image should portray an imagined or existing building, a set of buildings, detail, cityscape or master plan, and can be drawn by hand or on the computer using any drawing software.

Check out the FAQ section for common questions about the competition. If you don't find the answer to your question there, please email us at competitions@architizer.com and we'll be glad to help.

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